Academic Historian

Allison Blakely is Professor of European and Comparative History at Boston University, since 2001, having formerly taught for thirty years at Howard University. He received his B.A. from the University of Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Blacks in the Dutch World: the Evolution of Racial Imagery in a Modern Society (Indiana University Press, 1994); Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought (Howard University Press, 1986 – a winner of an American Book Award in 1988); several articles on Russian populism; and others on various European aspects of the Black Diaspora. His interest in comparative history has centered on comparative populism and on the historical evolution of color prejudice. His current main project is an overview of the history of Blacks in modern Europe. Among the awards he has received are Woodrow Wilson, Mellon, Fulbright-Hays, and Ford Foundation Fellowships. He is President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (2006-2009) and serves as consulting editor of its journal, The American Scholar.

The Black Presence in Pre-20th Century Europe: A Hidden History

In the following account, Professor Allison Blakely of Boston University describes the presence of blacks in Early Modern Europe. His article reminds us that persons of African ancestry resided across Europe. Their numbers ranged from a few hundred scattered across Germany, Scandinavia and Russia in … Read MoreThe Black Presence in Pre-20th Century Europe: A Hidden History